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'Mekkaner'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎17r-a] (1/1)

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The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1888. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This full length seated portrait, facing forward and looking towards the camera, shows a bearded man, described simply as 'a Meccan'.

The man is seated on an upholstered seat with bolster cushions on either side of him. These are covered in a patterned fabric featuring roses, pomegranates and other botanical motifs. See also 1781.b.6/23

The man wears a dark-coloured outer robe, star-patterned jalabiya underneath it and a white turban with a dark-coloured cap. On both hands he wears rings and ornately-buckled shoes.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places. In particular, the background appears to have been substituted, aside from the carpet on which the man is seated.

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1 collotype print
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127 x 90 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Mekkaner'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎17r-a] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/24, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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